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July 2, 2012

Moving Monday::Living like a Gypsy

by heatherkp

I haven’t said a whole lot about our move for several months now because we have been in a holding pattern.  We have been living like Gypsies honestly, going from place to place…and were settled into a lovely furnished home downtown Charleston for May and June.  We found it too difficult to search the real estate market and make the necessary new connections in a new city living an hour away so being in a temporary furnished place for a short period really allowed us to make the  get to know the city and get down to business.  The time there came to an end yesterday and I will always have fond memories since it’s time spent really getting to know the city on foot and in person.

Onward we move though and we packed it all up over the last few days for our final temporary stay before we settle into the new place we found.  After looking for several months and at over 30 places (the rental market right now is extremely competitive!) we are VERY excited about this home, it has everything we are looking for and it’s in a fantastic location.  We are renting and we found a real estate agent who was super helpful but we also put the word out to anyone and everyone we know and scoured the papers and craigslist.  In the end, we found something through word of mouth. I’m now in the process of setting up all the utilities, TV, internet etc.  Next we will line up a truck for moving day and try to enlist whatever help we can get…it feels like we are down to the final stretch!

I have to admit that we have been lugging around so much (i.e. too much) stuff over the past 8 months living in various locations and taking trips back and forth to here and there…I have had my moments where I just wanted to toss it all out for a more simple life but I didn’t because as organized as I am, I love my stuff!  I will say that after moving so much around for so long, I have learned to edit more quickly and more often.  I have many hobbies that require stuff like knitting, sewing, cooking, gardening, reading and more so I doubt I will ever be living a super minimalist lifestyle.  If you have ever lived somewhere temporarily with the majority of  your stuff in storage you probably know the feeling and just know, you are not alone and you will have certainly learned some valuable things about yourself before it’s all over.  I have learned to keep things sorted and separated by category (in bags, boxes and bins), to stick to some kind of regular routine and pattern, edit often and a bit more ruthlessly than I use to, get good rest (because all this moving is exhausting) and probably most importantly I have learned to be flexible and make due with what I have where I am.  I also make a lot of lists and check and double check where I’ve put things, especially if its a very important item.  We have traveled with a portable file box and our fireproof safe box for certain important things and this gives me peace of mind, it’s really a scaled down version of my normal system.

Have you ever lived like a gypsy?  If so did you love it and what did you learn?

All this moving

January 18, 2012

Wednesday Wellness::Unplug will you?

by heatherkp

This post was inspired by an interview I heard yesterday on NPR.  I can’t find a link to it but there’s been plenty of research about the science and befit of unplugging.  Certain college professors are challenging their students to hand in their cell phones and not check email or social media for a week and even some news broadcasters have taken the challenge (for news assignments or while on vacation).  All these devices are meant to make our lives easier, not to make us slaves to them.  I just don’t get it!  Here are a few of the benefits of trying to unplug a little on a daily, weekly or monthly (just do it sometime!) basis:

  • Giving your brain a rest.
  • Giving your eyes a rest.
  • Extra time, and who couldn’t use a bit of that!
  • More productivity (less continuous distractions).
  • More relaxed (De-stress).
  • Better focus.
  • My personal favorite~MORE CREATIVITY~ideas begin to flow more freely!

I do not personally have a smart phone.  I joke with friends and family that I have a stupid phone but secretly I’m glad to be able to have an excuse not to check social media even more frequently.  It’s bad enough that society has now made it acceptable for individuals to expect to be able to reach one another instantly.  I have a pet peve; when I’m hanging out with friends or family and they instantly stop having a conversation with the people they are with to respond to some text or call from someone elsewhere!  How RUDE!  How about relating with the people you are with first, then the one’s who are not physically present at a more appropriate time.  If you really need to answer or respond, politely excuse yourself and return to the conversation after you are done. This goes for business situations as well as personal ones and frankly if your company doesn’t have a policy of turning your ringers off in meetings maybe you should make it your personal policy.  And I’m not even going to mention laws about talking on the phone or texting while driving…Just. Don’t!  Okay, rant’s over…sorry!

I sometimes forget to even carry my phone with me and there have been a few times that this mistake caused others quite a bit of worry which I am truly sorry for but just 10 years ago if someone left to run errands and it took longer than expected people didn’t rush to the worst case scenario just because they couldn’t reach them instantly.  We need to learn to trust one an-others boundaries again and give people space!

Here are some of the ways I personally practice being unplugged for my own wellness.

I go without news/media at least 3 (up to 5) days a week, that goes for radio, TV and internet.

I try to go without my computer (checking email and social media) at least one day a week.

I don’t use my phone every day for texts or calls.  Some-days it can just wait!  Just ask my friends who might have tried to reach me:)

My cell phone is not in my bedroom at night, I have a separate battery powered (to minimize EMF’s) alarm clock.

No texting while driving and because I lived in a state that talking on the phone was illegal without a hands free device, I’ve adopted that habit to.

Do you unplug?  If so to what extreme, daily, weekly, part or totally unplugged?  If not, maybe you should give it a try and for goodness sakes have a little courtesy towards others when using all those devices okay?

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December 5, 2011

Moving Monday::New Routines

by heatherkp

We’ve been here for about 3 weeks now and it’s funny how some new routines have already been established and some old one’s have maintained.  One routine I’m having a hard time re-establishing here is blogging so bear with me in my absence please!

We are now officially residents of South Carolina having made multiple trips to the DMV, courthouse and Social Security administration.  You wouldn’t believe all the documentation required to prove you are who you say you are here!   Anyways, that’s behind us and I’m looking to plant my feet as firmly in the sand as I can now.  Hum, sand shifts around a lot and that’s a perfect analogy for how I’m feeling about settling in here.  I’m not quite there yet!

I miss my three times a week yoga class, my monthly meetings for volunteering and organizing, my regular client appointments and visits with friends and my local food/farm sources.  I’m loving my new routine of going to the beach in the morning to watch the sunrise, write in my journal and walk.  I’m not doing this daily but a few times a week so far.  I also love going to watch the sunset on the Waccamaw river.

I’ve scouted out a few sources for locally grown food, one road side stand is just a few minutes from our house.  I’ve already got my local library card and checked out a stack of books.  I’ve made contact with the local NAPO Charleston chapter and plan to attend my first meeting next week.  I’m also currently working on getting involved with the local Master Gardener program.

I think it’s funny how easy it is for some routines to follow you wherever you go and other routines are more difficult to re-establish.  I’m looking forward to both establishing new routines and carrying on with the best of the old ones.

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January 12, 2011

Wednesday::The Wellness Journal

by heatherkp

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For the first Wednesday Wellness entry I am including the practice of Journaling.  I started this practice “religiously” a few years ago when I began reading The Artist Way

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“Morning pages” as Julia calls them, have been a useful tool for me each morning.  Basically I do a brain dump and get all the ideas, burdens, to-do’s, want-to-do’s out of my head and onto paper.  Julia encourages stream of conscious writing and I find that I’m not always in the right mindset to write this way but regardless it’s helpful to me.

I begin each day writing as many things as I can think of to be grateful for.  This usually fills up 1/2-1 page of my journal entry.  Some days it’s more difficult than others to find things to be grateful for but the act of acknowledging what I am grateful for helps lift my spirits as I begin the day.

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Some people do their journal entries on their computers and I think this idea would be much more eco friendly but I’m not sure I would ever be able to express myself the same way I can with pen and paper.  I think part of what I love about journaling is finding beautiful journals to write in.

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I also love writing by hand {although I hate my handwriting!} and love finding a fun pen.  In fact I usually write in a different color each day to make it more easy to identify each day’s entry and the colors sometimes reflect my mood.  I’ve included other ideas in my journal entries such as doing a small sketch each day or writing affirmations.

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What do you think?  Do you journal and if so do you include drawings, affirmations, gratitude or any other regular routines in your practice?  Do you use pen and paper or do you journal on your computer?  I hope you enjoyed the journal images I’ve shared here and there are so many more out there.  Right here is a great journal roundup/review!

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January 5, 2011

Wednesday::Wellness

by heatherkp

I had planned to start off the new year with at least 1 or 2 posts by now but I’ve been totally off line for a couple days and recovering from all sort of nonsense.  I had a great holiday despite having “the bug” and a cold over Christmas and now a bit of a re-bound cold I do believe.  Jeeze, hopefully I’ve got it all out of my system for some time to come!  All this rest and recovery got me thinking quite a bit about wellness.  Despite the fact that I’m posting about this on the tail of 2-3 illnesses over 2 weeks I had not been sick at all for the entirety of 2010!  Wellness means more than keeping myself from getting sick, it means feeling good about myself, finding balance, nourishing my spirit and soul and being a good steward of the earth.

Here are 11 ways I’d like to share with you for 2011 to BE WELL.

1.  Keep a Journal (I practice writing for about 30 minutes each morning).

2.  Get 8 hours of sound sleep (give or take what feels right to you).

3.  Exercise regularly (3-5 times a week for at least 30 minutes), some of my favorite forms of exercise are Yoga, walking and Dancing (Nia)

4.  Eat lots of organic and local produce.  Same goes for meat and dairy if you are not vegetarian (which I am not but was for quite a few years).

5.  Take time to do something that gives you Joy each day.

6.  Drink as much water as possible every day and  take good quality supplements (especially if you are not a big veggie and fruit fan).

7.  Use natural and non-toxic cleaning products in your home.

8.  Keep houseplants and get out and garden if you can.

9.  Use natural and organic health and beauty products (that are not tested on animals and that do not contain parabens and other carcinogens).

10.  Volunteer and help others out when/however you can.  Online is great but in person is even better!

11.  Eliminate Debt!

These may all seem like really basic practices and I commend you if you already do all of these (they are all a part of my regular routine at this stage in life).  If you feel like some or many of these goals are not attainable please stick with it, you can change habits but it takes time.  Find the ones that seem the most EASY or the most REWARDING or the most FUN and start with them!

I will be share more ideas about each of these over the next 11 Wednesday’s and I’d love to open this up for discussion.

How do you define Wellness?

PS...Bonus Be KIND, and I mean to everyone (yeah, I’m still working on this one so that’s why it didn’t make it to this years list…maybe it will by next year!).